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'Fat man' says New Zealand visa decision 'totally unfair'

A South African man who was told he was too fat to have his work visa extended in New Zealand has called the decision "totally unfair".

Immigration officials said Albert Buitenhuis's weight - 130kg (20st 6lb) - could put him at "significant risk" of health complications and be a drain on the country's medical services.

Mr Buitenhuis, who is a chef, now faces expulsion from New Zealand.

He told the BBC World Service that he can't understand the decision, as he has lost more than 30kg (4st 10lb) since arriving in the country.

  • 29 Jul 2013
  • From the section Asia